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  • The Godless State?

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    S 1 : Ep 13 - 10/25/77

    Ironically, Christianity survived--even thrived--in Communist Russia and Poland, while Communism exerted itself in nominally Catholic Italy.
  • The Roots of Disbelief

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    S 1 : Ep 12 - 10/18/77

    It took the Vatican two centuries to accept a heliocentric universe. But science proved only one threat to faith, and change often sparked a fundamentalist reaction.
  • Missions Abroad

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    S 1 : Ep 11 - 10/11/77

    By the 19th century, Europe had begun to export its own brand of commerce and Christianity to Africa, while industrialized urban poverty choked religion at home.
  • Politeness and Enthusiasm

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    S 1 : Ep 10 - 10/4/77

    George Whitefield and John Wesley injected emotion into a faith that had become rational, genteel, and--for too many Christians--boring and irrelevant.
  • In Search of Tolerance

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    S 1 : Ep 9 - 9/27/77

    Many Protestants persecuted breakaway sects as vigorously as the Catholic Church has attacked heretics. But when some victims sought refuge in America, they too turned tyrannical.
  • The Conquest of Souls

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    S 1 : Ep 8 - 9/20/77

    In the 16th century, as Spain expanded Christianity into the New World, the Catholic Church countered the Reformation with its elite "shock troops," the Jesuits.
  • Protest and Reform

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    S 1 : Ep 7 - 9/13/77

    Martin Luther's reformist ideas threatened to wreak theological and political havoc, but soon his acolytes had exported Protestant concepts all over Europe.
  • Princes and Prelates

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    S 1 : Ep 6 - 9/6/77

    Leading up to the Renaissance, as many as three popes simultaneously claimed spiritual and political authority--while dissidents decried their corruption.
  • People of the Book

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    S 1 : Ep 5 - 8/30/77

    Jews, Christians, and Muslims hold sacred not only some of the same scriptures, but also some of the same sites, which they've fought over for centuries.
  • Faith and Fear

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    S 1 : Ep 4 - 8/23/77

    Constantly living in the shadow of death, medieval Christians turned to relics to temper God's judgment and built mighty cathedrals to glorify Him.
  • The Birth of Europe

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    S 1 : Ep 3 - 8/16/77

    After waves of barbarians swept through the Roman Empire, Charlemagne struck a deal with Pope Leo III to establish both religious and political stability.
  • The Christian Empire

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    S 1 : Ep 2 - 8/9/77

    Between the 3rd and 6th centuries CE, Christianity evinced two contrasting impulses that persist to this day: worldliness and asceticism.
  • A Peculiar People

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    S 1 : Ep 1 - 8/2/77

    Beginning with the followers of an itinerant preacher in a backwater of the Roman Empire, Christianity became Rome's religion with astonishing speed.
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